Little Puffin

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    The Atlantic Puffin . During their breeding season, some 35,000 seabird couples from 12 different species are harboured in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada.

    Among these birds, the Atlantic Puffin is clearly the one stealing the show. With its clown-like head and brightly coloured beak, it is one of the islands' most fascinating birds.

    In French, the Atlantic Puffin is known as the Macareux moine because, out of the water, it keeps both feet together like a monk ( moine ) saying his prayers. Its brightly coloured beak gives it an exotic look and accounts for its nickname perroquet de mer (sea parrot). Others call it the calculot (calculator) because of the way it nods repeatedly, like a person counting.

    The Gulf of St. Lawrence provides the necessary ecological and oceanographic conditions for the settlement of puffins. The sea currents make for a nutrient-rich aquatic environment, and the puffin prefers the smaller islands because there are less predators there. Puffins are found on three islands: two larger colonies are on Île de la Maison and Île à Calculot des Betchouanes , while a very small colony nests on Île aux Perroquets .

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    1. rosy outlook photography 33 months ago | reply

      I love the effect of your processing here, Michel.
      Did you do something extra-special??

    2. jessi.bryan 33 months ago | reply

      Wow, gorgeous shot! Love the sky in the background!

    3. javagirl24 33 months ago | reply

      These will always be my favorite bird!!

    4. askyu22 33 months ago | reply

      De toute beauté,une superbe prise de vue!

    5. www.digitaldirect.ca 33 months ago | reply

      @Rosy , i did help the sky in Photoshop to look better, ajusted color andd exposure, that's it

    6. Sous l'Oeil de Sylvie 33 months ago | reply

      La belle petite famille! Magnifique travail Michel. Tu as été longtemps sans nous présenter de photos animales. Ça fait plaisir d'en revoir

    7. Gypsy Flores Photography 33 months ago | reply

      excellent

      I really like your animal photo!
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    8. A.Alwosaibie 33 months ago | reply

      Stunning work..

    9. cowgirlrightup 33 months ago | reply

      Very beautiful work!

    10. ceca67 33 months ago | reply

      This shot is Truly Elite! As seen in the Cafe Elite pool.
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    11. Ingeborg Ruyken 33 months ago | reply

      Great shot!

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    12. RayMorris1 33 months ago | reply

      This shot is Truly Elite! As seen in the Cafe Elite pool.
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    13. Jason Idzerda 27 months ago | reply

      Nice shot. Really great tones

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